Bullfrog Films

Bullfrog Films

Bullfrog Films is the oldest and largest publisher of videos and films about the environment in the United States. Founded in 1973, it has been honored with a retrospective screening at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and with a special award from Medikinale International in Parma, Italy.

We define "environment" broadly and our collection includes programs on ecology, energy, agriculture, indigenous peoples, women's issues, sustainability, community regeneration, economics, social justice, conflict resolution, architecture, and the arts. In recent years, we have released many films about globalization, gender, climate change, and human rights. There are films suitable for all ages in the Bullfrog collection, produced by outstanding, prize-winning filmmakers.

To help people create community advocacy events—using the power of film to raise awareness and funds for their efforts—we created Bullfrog Communities to enhance the public performance of films providing discussion guides and publicity materials with the films.

In partnership with Icarus Films we established Docuseek, an educational streaming service, providing exclusive access to essential independent, social-issue and environmental films to academic institutions.

The company principals are partners Winifred Scherrer and John Hoskyns-Abrahall, and their son Alex Hoskyns-Abrahall. The dedicated Bullfrog team knows the films, the issues, and is eager to help people find the films they need.

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  • When Abortion was Illegal

    Directed by Dorothy Fadiman • Documentary • 1993 • 28 minutes

    Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short

    The era of illegal abortion, roughly the period between the turn of the century and the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, has been a sealed chapter in women's history. 

    The prof...

  • Rosita

    Directed by Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater • Documentary • 2005 • 58 minutes

    ROSITA, a documentary by award-winning filmmakers Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater, traces a young girl's journey from innocent victim to unwitting victor.

    When a nine-year-old Nicaraguan girl becomes pregnant as ...

  • Orchestrating Change

    Directed by Margie Friedman, Barbara Multer-Wellin • Documentary • 2021 • 85 minutes

    ORCHESTRATING CHANGE is the feature- length documentary film that tells the inspiring story of Me2/Orchestra, the only orchestra in the world created by and for people living with mental illness and those who su...

  • The Dirty War on the National Health Service

    Directed by John Pilger • Documentary • 2019 • 106 minutes

    Britain's National Health Service, the NHS, was the world's first universal public health service. Designed to give millions of people "freedom from fear" following World War II, the NHS today is under threat of being sold off and conver...

  • Frenemies

    Directed by Mirella Martinelli • Documentary • 2020 • 87 minutes

    Set to the pulsating beats of Afro-Caribbean music, the feature-length documentary film Frenemies examines the fraught relationship between the island nation of Cuba and the United States.

    Presenting a critical perspective on both...

  • Connectivity Project

    Directed by Rose Madrone • Documentary • 2021 • 45 minutes

    By exploring the ripple effects of our actions in an interconnected world, the CONNECTIVITY PROJECT series highlights how science and different cultures and traditions from around the world embrace the importance of interconnectedness. A...

  • The River Between Us

    Directed by Carl Gierstorfer • Documentary • 2022 • 88 minutes

    The people of the Mashco Piro fled deep into the Peruvian Amazon to escape the cruelty of colonialist rubber companies. They cut all contact with the outside world and entered an isolation they haven’t abandoned to this day. Carl Gie...

  • Into The Night (Part 1)

    Directed by Helen Whitney • Documentary • With Sharon Stone, Gabriel Byrne • 2021 • 141 minutes

    We don't know how. We don't know when. But death comes for us all.

    To be human is to wrestle with this truth and with the great unanswered question: How do we live with death in our eye? Do we go gen...

  • Into The Night (Part 2)

    Directed by Helen Whitney • Documentary • With Sharon Stone, Gabriel Byrne • 2021 • 141 minutes

    We don't know how. We don't know when. But death comes for us all.

    To be human is to wrestle with this truth and with the great unanswered question: How do we live with death in our eye? Do we go gen...

  • A Fierce Green Fire

    Directed by Mark Kitchell • Documentary • 2012 • 101 minutes

    A FIERCE GREEN FIRE: The Battle For a Living Planet is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement - grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. From halting dams in the ...

  • Berkeley in the Sixties

    Directed by Mark Kitchell • Documentary • With Ronald Reagan, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mario Savio, Huey Newton, Allen Ginsberg, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix • 1990 • 117 minutes

    Berkeley in the Sixties recaptures the exhilaration and turmoil of the unprecedented student protests that sha...

  • A Home Called Nebraska

    Directed by Beth Gage, George Gage • Documentary • 2020 • 69 minutes

    In 2020, with America's Refugee Resettlement Program hanging by a thread, A HOME CALLED NEBRASKA is the story of mid-western welcome, acceptance and unlikely friendships during a time of national anxiety and emboldened bigotry....

  • No Fear No Favor

    Directed by Mirra Bank • Documentary • 2020 • 66 minutes

    Shot over two years in Zambia's Kafue National Park--one of the largest intact wilderness areas in the world--as well as in Kenya and Namibia, NO FEAR NO FAVOR illuminates the wrenching choices faced by impoverished Africans who live where...

  • Lobster War

    Directed by David Abel • Documentary • 2019 • 74 minutes

    LOBSTER WAR is an award-winning feature documentary about a conflict between the United States and Canada over waters that both countries have claimed since the end of the Revolutionary War. The disputed 277 square miles of sea, known as t...

  • Like Any Other Kid

    Directed by Victoria Mills • Documentary • 2020 • 89 minutes

    Something incredible is happening behind the locked doors of the James Ranch in Morgan Hill, California, the Bridge City Center for Youth in Bridge City, Louisiana, and 162nd St. Sheltering Arms, in the Bronx, New York. Caring and comm...

  • Seats At The Table

    Directed by Chris Farina • Documentary • 2020 • 87 minutes

    SEATS AT THE TABLE portrays a remarkable college class which connects university students with prisoners of a maximum security juvenile facility as they discuss classic works of Russian Literature.

    University of Virginia Lecturer Andrew...

  • We Are The Radical Monarchs

    Directed by Linda Goldstein Knowlton • Documentary • 2018 • 86 minutes

    Set in Oakland, a city with a deep history of social justice movements, WE ARE THE RADICAL MONARCHS documents the Radical Monarchs - an alternative to the Scout movement for girls of color, aged 8-13. Its members earn badges ...

  • No Time To Waste

    Directed by Carl Bidleman • Documentary • 2020 • 52 minutes

    NO TIME TO WASTE celebrates legendary 98-year-old park ranger Betty Reid Soskin's inspiring life, work and urgent mission to restore critical missing chapters of America's story. The film follows her journey as an African American woman...

  • Haida Modern

    Directed by Charles Wilkinson • Documentary • 2020 • 80 minutes

    Haida artist Robert Davidson is one of the foremost cultural icons of the age. HAIDA MODERN features candid and revealing conversations with the artist himself, along with commentary from art historians, politicians, musicians and f...

  • Day One

    Directed by Lori Miller • Documentary • 2019 • 82 minutes

    DAY ONE follows a group of teenage refugees from war-torn countries who are enrolled at a unique public school for refugees and immigrants-only in St. Louis, MO, where they are guided through an inspirational program of education, healing...

  • Border South

    Directed by Raul O. Paz Pastrana • Documentary • 2020 • 82 minutes

    To stem the immigration tide, Mexico and the U.S. collaborate to crack down on migrants, forcing them into ever more dangerous territory.

    Every year hundreds of thousands of migrants make their way along the trail running from s...

  • Oyster

    Directed by Kim Beamish • Documentary • 2019 • 80 minutes

    OYSTER captures the daily routines, chaos and drama in the lives of Dom and Pip Boyton, a lively and hard-working second generation oyster farming family on Merimbula Lake on the southeast coast of New South Wales, Australia.

    The film wa...

  • Farmsteaders

    Directed by Shaena Mallett • Documentary • 2020 • 52 minutes

    FARMSTEADERS is a love story, a farm story, and a story of contemporary rural America. Nick Nolan, his wife Celeste, and their young family are on a journey to resurrect his grandfather's dairy farm - fighting to keep this homeland fro...

  • From Seed to Seed

    Directed by Katharina Stieffenhofer • Documentary • 2019 • 87 minutes

    When Terry and Monique left the opera to pursue their true passion—ecological, small-scale farming—their story of community and resilience took center stage. FROM SEED TO SEED follows their young family and a diverse group of ...